The Feds use tests that even an 9th grader should be able to refute. But unearned prestige, power, and ignorance on the part of justice system allow such agencies to say the outlandish things by abusing the invocation of "Science."
Even fingerprints have not passed the Daubert standard yet, though they are taken as gospel.
ROME — Seven prominent Italian earthquake experts were convicted of manslaughter on Monday and sentenced to six years in prison for failing to give adequate warning to the residents of a seismically active area in the months preceding an earthquake that killed more than 300 people. -- NYTimes
The six scientists were eventually found innocent by the Italian Supreme Court, however a government worker remained convicted, though with a lesser sentence.
Which of these cases is the worse of the two is an interesting question.
I have been arguing for a boycott of the MPAA and the RIAA since 1999. You are the first person who has voiced any interest.
I have no sympathies for copyright infringers, though copyright and patent "protections" have become insane. I haven't been to a movie, or bought a first sale DVD in that time. But it will take a significant portion of the population to read a book, listen to previously purchased music, trade materials, buy used, buy from Magnatune, or have sex, before the **AAs get the message.
I have no real hope that anywhere near the number of people needed are willing to "suffer" without their fix of the latest garbage produced by the **AAs.
Not just the $150K, but every movie should have to start off with an apology for stealing the 1st Amendment civil rights of the abused. It wouldn't take long before the list was so long that people would be too bored to sit through any movie.
My country can screw up copyright better than yours can, My country can foul up patents better than yours can, My country can destroy innovation better than yours can, My country has the most powerful Luddites in the world.
Sung to the tune of first non-copyrighted string of random musical notes that can be found.
It is quite apparent that all forms of government devolve to plutocracy. Most start that way whether they call themselves capitalism, socialism, communism, fascism or whatever. But in the end the final evolutionary phase the nations are ruled by wealth and power.
Actually such takedowns are a laughing matter. They are a test of the intellectual capacity of those who engage the firms who do the scanning. At this point one has to think that they have negligible ability to observe the consequences of their acts, and project the wreckage it will produce in the future.
I could live with take down and stay down IF the penalties for an invalid claim of infringement, with no defense in law, were the same as those for true infringement.
There is no privacy anymore. What the government doesn't know about you, it can find out. NSLs have been so grossly abused that less that one percent are used for terrorism. And I would assume that many of that one percent, 100% of the participants are undercover LEOs or their CIs.
Your medical, tax, spending and all other records are a letter away from being perused, stored, used against you, and grossly abused. Not just by our faithful government, but by some or all corporations depending on the classification. And of course, what can not be explicitly obtained can usually be inferred.
"Smart TVs" and most CTV boxes can record conversations, including the last time someone had sex on the living room couch. Who knows what comes out of the mouths of toddlers -- they like to repeat what they hear.
Pay by cash? Sometimes its private, sometimes its facial recognition.
Re: Anti-theater not actually an example of "moral panic" at the new
Christianity made significant use of the theater during medieval times, in what are called morality plays. The devil was typically symbolized by the wearing of red hair, and is the ancestor of today's clown.
I assume that there is good reason that the Department of Injustice wants gag orders in place. To silence the illicit and immoral behavior of said Department. After all, if they were doing nothing wrong, then they wouldn't have anything to hide.
Free and open court rooms are one of the best places to look at determining the level of democratic process in a nation. But with secret proceedings, secret evidence, secret analysis, secret law, secret judgement and secret punishments, it has become more than obvious that the US is antithetical to democracy.
No, a machine can not be hijacked by airgapping from 6K miles away. But even the US "justice" system is starting to understand that an IP number is just that, and not the DNA of the individual performing the task, nor an identifier of where the machine doing the cracking is located. VPNs can make a computer in Australia look and act like it is coming from a lab in Moscow.
A one percent chance is a violation of the Geneva Conventions. And what could Iraq do to the US. If it had declared war on the US, Iraq would have been naught but green glass.
One must also remember that Hussein was a front man for the US until it became convenient to turn him into a monster. He may have gassed some of his people, but many of those attributed to him were from Iranian gas. Photos show clear evidence of asphyxiating gases (Iran's specialty) as opposed to nerve agents which were Iraq's favorite.
Where was the evidence of the massive burials of 250K people at a site? There were none. Note that there was no attempt to kill Bush41, not even the Pentagon included that in its justifications.